Former President Obama hasn’t stopped working for the American people just because he is out of office. He has some important and exciting plans in the works which may significantly benefit U.S. relations with the rest of the world. Obama announced via video on Wednesday that he will be hosting civic leaders from around the world in Chicago next month to take part in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit.
The purpose of the summit is for world leaders to exchange ideas and learn from one another. Obama said:
‘We want to inspire and empower people to change the world. And we hope you’ll be a part of it.’
The city of Chicago will also house Obama’s presidential library and his presidential center. Obama has watched President Trump take aim at several of his policies and accomplishments he set forth while in office. Congress made a strong goal of repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act, and Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. DACA was also passed under Obama, and Trump is pulling the country out of that decision as well, which will be detrimental to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.
Obama has been vocal about many of Trump’s destructive policies as they have risen about, and he has tried to assure the American people that a better future for the country is possible. He has asked people to “believe not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.”
In regards to the Chicago Summit in October, Obama and his wife, Michelle, have said that they want to “hear directly from the future leaders we want to cultivate.”
In his video announcement, Obama also said:
‘And what makes me so hopeful, so optimistic, is that so many of you have shown up, dived in and embraced the kind of active citizenship that makes our democracy work.’
Kudos to Obama for continuing to show up to make the world a better place. Many people could learn from his strong humanitarian spirit and desire to make a difference, especially Trump and the GOP right now.
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